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Technology

412 petitions

Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to FCC, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ajit Pai

Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration

The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world.  However, the simple policy that keeps the internet a strangely level-playing field (and the internet itself) is under fire from both the Trump administration and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are set to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and monetary gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans look to deregulate private industries.  As a junior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like running water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at a major disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.  

Blake Cerenzia
10,311 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to ali@squarespace.com , abuse@squarespace.com , support@squarespace.com

Squarespace: Stop Hosting White Supremacists

Squarespace, a popular web hosting service for businesses and creative professionals, is hosting white supremacist/neo-nazi groups: Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute. Squarespace has been informed of this issue repeatedly by email, but has refused to take the websites down. Hate websites violate Squarespace's Acceptable Use Policy (section 6.2), forbidding users to “advocate bigotry or hatred against any person or group based on their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, age or disability.” Identity Evropa is a white supremacist/neo-nazi “fraternity” for people of “European, non-Semitic heritage.” The group’s website distributes propaganda on “white identity” and “race, evolution, and behavior.”  The group’s physical activism includes spreading fascist-themed fliers on university campuses and holding anti-immigrant rallies that portray people of color as inherently criminal. Identity Evropa’s founder, Nathan Damigo, has committed violent hate crimes against people of color and was recently videotaped punching a woman in the face at a rally. The National Policy Institute is led by Richard Spencer, a documented neo-nazi. NPI's website distributes “research” on “understanding Jewish influence” and supposed “racial differences in intelligence, personality, and behavior.” Spencer describes immigration as a “proxy war” and argues that white America must “conquer or die.”  Radix Journal is a collection of white supremacist essays. Some speculate about “Eugenic” policies “to flush disloyalty from our gene pool.” Others complain of a “Jewish assault on Europeans” and the failure “to expel the freed slaves from the United States.” Squarespace has been notified via abuse@squarespace.com, that these websites violate their Acceptable Use terms. Squarespace’s continued hosting of these websites constitutes a tacit endorsement of their content. Squarespace also shares moral responsibility for the violent and threatening activity organized via these websites. Squarespace profits from neo-nazism and white supremacism as long as it retains Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and the National Policy Institute as customers. WE MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS. Squarespace must end its business relationships with white supremacists. Tech companies must act in accordance with the principles they claim to support. Until Squarespace enforces its own Acceptable Use policy by REMOVING HATE SITES people of conscience should #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE. Podcasts and other businesses with a social conscience should not accept Squarespace's ad buys. REJECT WHITE SUPREMACY.  #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE

Joseph Brown
59 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Elon Musk, Henry McMaster

EncourageTesla to build a Gigafactory in SC

Tesla is an innovative and relatively new automobile manufacturer whose ultimate mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. Tesla does this with their energy division's solar panels and battery storage solutions in addition to their evolving fleet of highly rated premium electric vehicles. In January of 2017 Tesla began manufacturing batteries in their Gigafactory in Nevada, and by 2018 this factory will have doubled the battery production for the world. This factory is poised to be the next evolutionary stage in manufacturing, and in history will be viewed with the same level of impact as Henry Ford's interchangeable parts and Toyota's Lean Manufacturing principles. The 4.9 million square foot Gigafactory is necessary for Tesla's mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy and it is also a product. During Tesla's earnings call of February 22, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk stated that in addition to working on Model 3 and their Gigafactory in Nevada the company is looking for opportunities to build additional Gigafactories in the future.  Here are some of the ways that the Gigafactory in Nevada has impacted the State and its economy. http://www.diversifynevada.com/documents/Teslas_Gigafactory_Incentive_Summary_PDF.pdf This is an amazing opportunity for SC to embrace and entice Telsa to build one our their Gigafactories in our state.  The state has recently attracted BMW, Amazon, and Boeing through tax incentives, competitive labor, and the states advantageous electricity and other operating costs. We as a group need to encourage the state of South Carolina and Tesla to work together to make this opportunity a reality.  

TJ Gilmore
46 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs.

Jon Humphrey
443 supporters